LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Saturday 4th August

Middle Saturday of every Olympic Games is always billed as ‘Super Saturday’, and London 2012 is no exception as there is an unmissable line-up of world class sport happening all across London.

It will be pretty hard for armchair fans to know where to turn next, with so many great sporting events occuring at the same time on a day which could define the London 2012 Games for the host nation.

Among the top priorities has to be the climax of the women’s heptathlon and men’s 10,000m, featuring Great Britain’s biggest athletics medal hopes – Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.

It promises to be a golden hour for British sport if both can prevail in front of a vociferous home crowd, and up to 80,000 fans inside the Olympic Stadium will be crossing their fingers in hope that they can book their place in Olympic history.

Jessica’s events last throughout the day but the decider will be the 800m, live on BBC One at 8.35pm.

Following the heptathlon finale, Farah will go for 10,000m gold in a field which includes Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who is bidding to become the first man to win a third Olympic 10,000m title.

The women’s 100m final ends the night, and is expected to feature another battle between Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and USA’s Allyson Felix.

Earlier in the day, Usain Bolt – the man who stunned the world with three imperious world records at Beijing 2008 – can be spotted in the men’s 100m heats from 12.30pm.

But you may want to be up well ahead of that in time to see British world triathlon champion Helen Jenkins in the women’s race, which begins in Hyde Park at 9am.

Later in the morning, there will be all the action  on the final day of rowing at Eton Dorney, including the men’s four final, where another Ashes scrap between GB and Australia will take place, plus Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter in the lightweight men’s double sculls.

In the afternoon Laura Trott takes to the boards in the first of her events as she bids for double track cycling gold, riding in the women’s team pursuit.

Plus, Serena Williams faces Maria Sharapova in the Olympic women’s tennis singles final on Centre Court (from 2pm approx).

The swimming competition enters its final evening at the Aquatics Centre. Fran Halsall has the women’s 50m freestyle final to go at before the sport bows out with the relays: women’s and men’s 4x100m medley.

Finally, the men’s Olympic football has reached the quarter-final stage, with Team GB looking to go one better than their female counterparts, who crashed out to Canada yesterday, and book their place in the semi-finals with a victory over South Korea. 

Other Great Britain teams in action include men’s Basketball (v Australia 8pm), men’s handball (v Tunisia, 9.30am), women’s hockey (v China, 4pm), men’s volleyball (v Poland, 11.30am), and men’s water polo (v Hungary, 6.20pm).

Ensure you don’t miss what promises to be an incredible ‘Super Saturday’ at the Olympics, all live on the BBC. You can make your choice of Olympic viewing by pressing the Red Button on your digital remote, or by accessing the BBC’s Olympics channels or the BBC Sport website.

You can follow all the action from Day 8 at the London 2012 Olympic Games across the BBC. Details below:


Presenter: Bill Turnbull & Hazel Irvine

News round-up from the Games and beyond, plus a look ahead to today’s events.

8.45am-11.30am – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Mishal Husain, with Sonali Shah

Coverage of the opening event on day eight of the Games, as the women’s triathlon takes place in and around Hyde Park from 9.00.

A field of 55 competitors is expected for this gruelling competition, which features a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle, and a 10km run.

Britain’s Helen Jenkins is the current world champion and one of the leading contenders for gold, having also been in fine form in this year’s World Series.

11.30am-1.15pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Matt Baker, with John Inverdale, Jonathan Edwards
Rowing & Athletics

The concluding four rowing finals, and the opening session of the day in the athletics.

John Inverdale is at Eton Dorney for the climax of the rowing finals, featuring the 11.30 men’s four, 11.50 women’s lightweight double sculls, 12.10 men’s lightweight double sculls and 12.30 women’s single sculls.

Britain have won the men’s four at the last three Games, and the team of Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge are expected to challenge for gold this time.

Jonathan Edwards introduces the latest athletics from the Olympic Stadium, which features the first round of the men’s 100m, including Usain Bolt, from 12.30 and the heptathlon javelin from 12.55.

1.15pm-5.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Clare Balding, with Matt Baker, Sue Barker
Athletics, Tennis, Trampoline

Further coverage of ‘Super Saturday’, which includes the women’s tennis singles final and the women’s trampoline final.

The first action comes from Wimbledon at 2.00, as the players aim to succeed Elena Dementieva as champion, along with reports on the final of the men’s doubles.

The trampoline final is scheduled to start at 3.30, with Britain’s former world number one Kat Driscoll hoping to be among the eight qualifiers competing. Plus, updates on the second men’s football quarter-final, staged at Wembley Stadium.

5.15pm-6.50pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Sue Barker, with Jake Humphrey

The latest from the track cycling at the London Velodrome, where the schedule features the men’s Omnium 30km points race, and elimination race at 6.25, and the finals of the women’s team pursuit finals from 5.42.

The women’s pursuit was not part of the previous Olympics, but Britain has an impressive pedigree in the discipline, having won gold at this year’s world championships with a team of Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell.

6.50pm-10.10pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Gary Lineker, with John Inverdale

A busy evening of events at the Olympic Stadium on the second night of the athletics, with two of the leading lights in the British squad aiming to win gold.

Jessica Ennis is expected to challenge for heptathlon gold and her performance in the 800m will help to decide her fate, while Mo Farah competes in the final of the men’s 10,000m, as he looks to build on last year’s silver medal in the world championships. Dai Greene will expect to book his place in the men’s 400m hurdles final, and the fastest woman will be decided in the 100m sprint.

The full schedule features the men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals from 7.00, women’s discus final from 7.30, women’s 100m semi-finals from 7.35 and final at 9.55, men’s long jump final from 7.55, women’s 400m semi-finals from 8.05, heptathlon 800m at 8.35 and the men’s 10,000m final at 9.15.

Plus, updates from the concluding evening of swimming at the Aquatics Centre, where the remaining four finals take place, and the fourth men’s football quarter-final between Great Britain and South Korea at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

10.40pm-12.15am – OLYMPICS TONIGHT
Presenter: Gabby Logan

In the company of star guests from the world of sport and beyond, Gabby Logan looks at the stories and personalities that have made the headlines on day eight.

12.15am-1.00am – OLYMPIC SPORTSDAY
Presenter: Dan Walker

Final round-up of the day’s events, with guests from the world’s of Olympic sport and sports journalism.

9.00am-2.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Rishi Persad
Athletics & Sailing

Coverage of this morning’s athletics schedule at the Olympic Stadium on day eight of the Games, and updates on the progress of the sailing regatta, which continues in Weymouth.

The athletics include the first sighting at London 2012 of Usain Bolt, as he takes to the track to begin the defence of his 100m title, and Jessica Ennis continues in the heptathlon.

The schedule features the preliminary round of the men’s 100m from 10.00 and round one from 12.30, the heptathlon long jump and javelin from 10.05 and 11.40, round one of the men’s 400m from 10.35 and the women’s 3,000m steeplechase first round from 11.35.

2.00pm-7.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Manish Bhasin
Badminton, Hockey, Tennis

All the action from this afternoon’s badminton, tennis and hockey fixtures, starting with the finals of the women’s singles and doubles badminton finals at Wembley Arena.

The Riverbank Arena is the venue for the women’s hockey at 4.00, as Great Britain face China in their penultimate Pool A fixture, having won all three matches so far.

Plus, action from the final of the men’s doubles tennis from 5.30 at Wimbledon, and updates on the second and third men’s football quarter-finals between Mexico and Senegal at Wembley Stadium and Brazil and Honduras at St James’ Park.

7.00pm-11.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Jake Humphrey
Swimming, Football, Basketball

The final evening of the swimming, along with updates on the men’s football fourth quarter-final between Great Britain and South Korea and men’s basketball.

Clare Balding is at the Aquatics Centre, where the swimmers gather for the concluding four finals, in the 7.30 women’s 50m freestyle, 7.36 men’s 1500m freestyle, 8.07 women’s 4x100m medley relay and 8.27 men’s 4x100m medley relay.

The concluding race is likely to be a chance to see Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the USA squad together, after the pair dominated the build-up to the swimming events, and Fran Halsall will hope to be in the 50m freestyle.

Plus, the Great Britain men’s football team will kick-off at 7.30, as they look to build on topping Group A when they face the Group B runners-up, and Britain’s men’s basketball team face Australia in their latest Group B match at the Basketball Arena.


CLICK on the icons below to find out more about each Olympic sport
Day Session
10:00 – Men’s 100m – Preliminaries
10:05 – Women’s Heptathlon – Long Jump (5/7)
*Feat. GB’s Jessica Ennis, Louise Hazel, Katarina Thompson-Johnson
10:20 – Women’s Pole Vault – Qualification
*Feat. GB’s Holly Bleasdale, Kate Dennison
10:35 – Men’s 400m – Round 1
*Feat. GB’s Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams, Nigel Levine
11:35 – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase – Round 1
*Feat GB’s Eilish McColgan, Barbara Parker
11:40 – Women’s Heptathlon – Javelin Throw (6/7)
*Feat. GB’s Jessica Ennis, Louise Hazel, Katarina Thompson-Johnson
12:30 – Men’s 100m – Round 1
Feat. GB’s Adam Gemili, Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 9.50am-1.55pm
Evening Session
17:00 – Men’s 20km Walk – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 4.55pm-7.00pm
19:00 – Men’s 400m Hurdles – Semi Finals
*Feat. GB’s Dai Greene, Rhy Williams, Jack Green
19:30 – Women’s Discus – FINAL (BBC Olym 12, 7.20pm)
19:35 – Women’s 100m – Semi Finals
19:55 – Men’s Long Jump – FINAL (BBC Olym 11, 7.50pm)
Feat. GB’s Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson
20:05 – Women’s 400m – Semi Finals
*Feat. GB’s Christine Ohuruogu, Shana Cox, Lee McConnell
20:35 – Women’s Heptathlon – 800m (7/7)
*Feat. GB’s Jessica Ennis, Louise Hazel, Katarina Thompson-Johnson
21:15 – Men’s 10,000m – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Mo Farah, Chris Thompson
21:55 – Women’s 100m – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 6.40pm-10.15pm
09:00 – Women’s Doubles – BRONZE Medal Match
09:00 – Men’s Doubles – Semi Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 8.55am-12.10pm
13:30 – Women’s Doubles – GOLD Medal Match
13:30 – Women’s Singles – BRONZE Medal Match
13:30 – Women’s Singles – GOLD Medal Match
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 1.25pm-5.10pm
Men’s Competition
Tunisia v France | Group A | Tip-off: 09:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 8.50am-10.55am
Russia v Spain | Group B | Tip-off: 11:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 11.05am-1.10pm
Lithuania v United States | Group A | Tip-off: 14:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 2.20pm-4.25pm
China v Brazil | Group B | Tip-off: 16:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 4.35pm-6.40pm
Great Britain v Australia | Group B | Tip-off: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 7.50pm-9.55pm
Nigeria v Argentina | Group A | Tip-off: 22:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 10.05pm-12.10am
        BBC Red Button (301) – 10.50pm-12.00am
09:00 – Women’s Round of 16
10:00 – Men’s Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 8.55am-11.00am
        BBC Red Button (301) – 8.55am-9.55am
13:00 – Women’s Round of 16
14:00 – Men’s Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 12.55pm-3.00pm
17:00 – Men’s Round of 16
18:00 – Women’s Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 4.55pm-7.00pm
21:00 – Women’s Round of 16
22:00 – Men’s Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 8.55pm-11.00pm
        BBC Red Button (301) – 9.30pm-10.50pm
13:30 – Men’s Light Fly (49kg) | Round of 16
14:30 – Men’s Light Welter (64kg) | Round of 16
15:30 – Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) | Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 1.25pm-4.40pm
20:30 – Men’s Light Fly (49kg) | Round of 16
21:30 – Men’s Light Welter (64kg) | Round of 16
*Feat. GB’s Thomas Stalker
22:30 – Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) | Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 8.25pm-11.40pm
        BBC Red Button (302) – 8.40pm-11.30pm
10:00 – Men’s Sprint – Qualifying
*Feat. GB’s Jason Kenny
10:30 – Men’s Omnium – Flying Lap 250m Time Trial (1/6)
*Feat. GB’s Ed Clancy
11:01 – Men’s Sprint – 1/16 Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 9.55am-11.40am
16:00 – Men’s Sprint – 1/16 Final Repechages
16:11 – Women’s Team Pursuit – 1st Round
*Feat. Great Britain
16:35 – Men’s Sprint – 1/8 Finals
16:54 – Men’s Omnium – 30km Points Race (2/6)
17:34 – Men’s Sprint – 1/8 Final Repechages
17:42 – Women’s Team Pursuit – FINALS
18:20 – Men’s Sprint – Race for 9th-12th Places
18:25 – Men’s Omnium – Elimination Race (3/6)
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 3.55pm-6.50pm
14:30 – Women’s 3m Springboard | Semi Final
*Feat. GB’s Hannah Starling & Rebecca Gallantree
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 2.55pm-4.00pm
10:30 – Individual Jumping | 1st Qualifier
10:30 – Team Jumping | Qualifier for Round 1
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 10.25am-2.30pm
Women’s Team Epee
10:30 – Quarter Finals
12:00 – Semi Finals
15:00 – Placement 7-8
15:00 – Placement 5-6
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 10.25am-4.40pm
18:00 – BRONZE Medal Match
19:15 – GOLD Medal Match
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 5.55pm-9.00pm
Men’s Competition
Japan v Egypt | Quarter Final 1
Kick-off: 12:00 – Old Trafford
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 11.50am-2.10pm
Mexico v Senegal | Quarter Final 2
Kick-off: 14:30 – Wembley Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 2.20pm-4.40pm
Brazil v Honduras | Quarter Final 3
Kick-off: 17:00 – St James’ Park
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 4.50pm-7.10pm
Great Britain v South Korea | Quarter Final 4
Kick-off: 19:30 – Millennium Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 7.20pm-9.40pm
Men’s Competition
Tunisia v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 09:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 9.20am-11.05am
South Korea v Serbia | Group B | Start: 11:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 11.05am-12.55am
Sweden v Argentina | Group A | Start: 14:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 2.20pm-4.05pm
Croatia v Denmark | Group B | Start: 16:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 4.05pm-5.55pm
Iceland v France | Group A | Start: 19:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 7.20pm-9.05pm
Hungary v Spain | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
Women’s Competition
Australia v South Africa | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 8.20am-10.10am
Netherlands v South Korea | Group A | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 10.35am-12.25pm
Japan v Belgium | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
China v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
United States v New Zealand | Group B | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
Germany v Argentina | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
11:30 – Men’s Four – FINAL
*Feat. Great Britain
11:50 – Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Katherine Copeland/Sophie Hosking
12:10 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – FINAL
*Feat. Zac Purchase/Mark Hunter
12:30 – Women’s Single Sculls – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-1.20pm
12:00 – Men’s Laser – Race 9
12:00 – Women’s RS-X – Race 7
12:05 – Women’s Laser Radial – Race 9
12:45 – Women’s RS-X – Race 8
13:15 – Men’s Laser – Race 10
13:20 – Women’s Laser Radial – Race 10
14:00 – Men’s 470 – Race 5
14:00 – Men’s RS-X – Race 7
14:00 – Women’s Elliot 6m – Round Robin
14:05 – Women’s 470 – Race 3
14:45 – Men’s RS-X – Race 8
15:15 – Men’s 470 – Race 6
15:20 – Women’s 470 – Race 4
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 11.50am-6.10pm
Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
12:45 – FINALS
*May feature GB’s Jennifer McIntosh
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 12.40pm-1.35pm
Women’s Trap
15:00 – FINALS
*May feature GB’s Charlotte Kerwood
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 2.55pm-4.10pm
Evening Session
19:30 – Women’s 50m Freestyle – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Fran Halsall
19:36 – Men’s 1500m Freestyle – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Daniel Fogg
20:07 – Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay – FINAL
*Feat. Great Britain
20:27 – Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – FINAL
*Feat. Great Britain
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 7.25pm-9.15pm
Morning Session
10:00 – Men’s Team – 1st Round
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 / BBC Olympics 17 – 9.55am-1.10pm
Afternoon Session
14:30 – Women’s Team – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 / BBC Olympics 17 – 2.25pm-5.40pm
Evening Session
19:00 – Women’s Team – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 / BBC Olympics 17 – 6.55pm-10.10pm
Centre Court
Robson/Murray (GBR) v Stosur/Hewitt (AUS) – QF
Serena Williams (USA) v Maria Sharapova (RUS) – GOLD
Bryan/Bryan (USA) v Llodra/Tsonga (FRA) – GOLD
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 12.00pm-8.40pm
No. 1 Court | Bronze Medal matches
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS) – BRONZE
Benneteau/Gasquet (FRA) v Ferrer/Lopez (ESP) – BRONZE
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 12.00pm-8.40pm
Women’s Trampoline
14:00 – Qualification
*Feat. GB’s Katherine Driscoll
15:35 – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 1.55pm-4.25pm
09:00 – Women’s Triathlon
*Feat. GB’s Helen Jenkins, Vicky Holland, Lucy Hall
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 8.55am-11.50am
Men’s Competition
Germany v Tunisia | Group B | Tip-off: 09:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 9.20am-11.10am
Great Britain v Poland | Group A | Tip-off: 11:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 11.20am-1.10pm
Australia v Italy | Group A | Tip-off: 14:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 2.35pm-4.25pm
Russia v United States | Group B | Tip-off: 16:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 4.35pm-6.25pm
Argentina v Bulgaria | Group A | Tip-off: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 7.50pm-9.40pm
Brazil v Serbia | Group B | Tip-off: 22:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 9.50pm-11.40pm
Men’s Competition
Montenegro v Romania | Group B | Start: 10:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 9.50am-11.15am
Croatia v Australia | Group A | Start: 11:20
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 11.15am-12.50pm
Greece v Spain | Group A | Start: 14:10
LIVE BBC Olympics 21 – 2.00pm-3.25pm
Italy v Kazakhstan | Group A | Start: 15:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 21 – 3.25pm-5.00pm
Hungary v Great Britain | Group B | Start: 18:20
LIVE BBC Olympics 21 – 6.10pm-7.35pm
Serbia v United States | Group B | Start: 19:40
LIVE BBC Olympics 21 – 7.35pm-9.10pm
15:30 – Men’s 94kg | Group B
*Feat. GB’s Peter Kirkbride
LIVE BBC Olympics 20 – 3.25pm-5.40pm
19:00 – Men’s 94kg | Group A (MEDALS)
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 6.55pm-9.10pm
Live coverage of selected events also on British Eurosport & Sky 3D
Highlights of the day’s events in 3D will be shown on BBC HD at 11pm

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